Heanor Town seconds suffer a dour weekend

Derbyshire County League Division 7N

Whitmoor 160-9

Heanor 76-6

HEANOR Town second XI suffered a disappointing and dour weekend with a losing draw in the league followed by a cup defeat on the Sunday

A severely weakened side came away from a dour match at Whitmoor with a losing draw.

The hosts batted first and no batsman made a decent score as Whitmoor posted 160 for 9.

Paul Barlow had a good return with three wickets and Steve Literski and Maurice Edwards took two each.

The outfield cricket was good with two run outs and an outstanding running catch taken by Andy Matthews on the boundary.

In reply, Heanor were soon bogged down and despite a patient innings from Paul Barlow making 26, there was no real chance of a victory and the plan to bat for a draw from early on if things went badly was carried out.

The innings closed at 76 for 6 and all present were relieved to finish.

James Harwood Cup

First Round

Ockbrook & Borrowash 166-3 [38 overs] (B Hall 111, P Darlington 80, B Hewitson 33*) lost to Heanor Town 263-3 [45 overs] (G Hickinbotham 61, P Barlow 104*, M Edwards 32*) by 97 runs

It was a different story the following day in the Cup at Ockbrook and Borrowash CC in very windy conditions which meant the bails were removed early on and bowling into a blustery gale was not easy.

Paul Barlow again was in form and dominated with a deserved and faultless 104 not out as Heanor racked up 262 for 3 at tea.

Support was given by Gary Hickinbotham who made 61 in a 175 partnership for the 2nd wicket.

Maurice Edwards then weighed in with a quick fire 31 not out to give Heanor a very decent total.

In reply Ockbrook were off to a flyer and reached fifty in quick time.

A century by Hall who made a fine 111 and Darlington with 80 showed up the deficiencies in the bowling attack and the home side cruised to victory with seven overs remaining.

This was a disappointment to Heanor as this was the first defeat this season in seven outings by the senior sides.

Under 15’s victory

On the previous evening the Under 15 team recorded their first win of the season. Having suffered two heavy defeats against Marehay and Eastwood they put in their best performance so far and restricted Butterley to 58 from 20 overs with a good fielding performance and better bowling. In reply they breezed past the total in 12 overs with Liam Barlow top scoring with 26 not out.

This was a much needed confidence boost to a side that has some potential.

l Also in the James Harwood Cup first round, Riddings 201-7 [45 overs] (G Lycett84, N Glover 49, N Parkin 3-26) beat Butterley Utd 191 all out [42 overs] (D Jones 32, S Parkin 44, A Gretton 3-26) by 10 runs.

Swanwick Hall 151-7 [45 overs] (A Wakefield 57, D Winfield 4-22) beat Darley Abbey 30 all out [20.1 overs] (R Parsons 5-4) by 121 runs.